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Monday, 13 July 2009

377 and rising

BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER, Needs Ore Point, Hampshire, 21 June 2009 (Caroline & Alan Dawson)
CASPIAN TERN, adult, Welney Refuge, Norfolk, 5 July 2009 (Chris Upson)
Five new species have occurred since my last update in June (see below) bringing the total number ofd bird species recorded in Britain and Ireland in 2009 to 377.

WILSON'S PETREL (SW Approaches, off Scilly - typical record)

PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER (adult summer in Northumberland)

SABINE'S GULL (midsummer record in County Cork)

CASPIAN TERN (several records involving at least 3 different individuals and a twitchable adult in Norfolk)

BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER (photographed individual in North Devon and Hampshire)